Plentiful jute output likely in Rangpur region

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RANGPUR, June 09, 2019 (BSS) – The farmers and officials of the Department
of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are expecting abundant jute output despite a
little shortfall in the fixed farming target in Rangpur agriculture region.

DAE Officials here said tender jute plants are growing superbly amid
favourable climate conditions, predicting an abundant production of the fibre
crop as its harvest will begin from the next month.

Horticulture Specialist of DAE at its regional office here Khondker Md
Mesbahul Islam today told BSS that a target of producing over 6.77-lakh bales
of jute fibre has been fixed from 58,250 hectares of land for the region
during the current season.

Farmers will have to produce 6.42-lakh bales of ‘Tosha’ variety jute fibre
from 54,400 hectares of land, 30,192 bales of ‘Deshi’ variety fibre from
3,400 hectares and 3,726 bales of ‘Mechta’ variety of jute from 450 hectares
of land in the region, he said.

“However, farmers have finally brought 49,792 hectares of land under jute
cultivation, less by 8,458 hectares of land than the fixed farming target,
this season in all five districts of the region,” he said.

Of them, farmers have cultivated jute on 7,630 hectares of land in
Rangpur, 13,415 hectares in Gaibandha, 16,487 hectares in Kurigram, 3,565
hectares in Lalmonirhat and 8,695 hectares in Nilphamari districts under
Rangpur agriculture region.

“The fixed jute farming target could not be achieved due to cultivation of
Aus rice and maize on more land area, shortage of locally produced quality
jute seed and lack of farmers’ confidence on imported jute seed for poor
quality,” Islam added.

Regional Additional Director of the DAE Muhammad Ali said the government
has declared jute as national agricultural product and made use of jute sacs
mandatory in various sectors to popularise its cultivation and increase
demand for ensuring fair price.

The DAE, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation, other recommended
government and non-government organisations and dealers supplied locally
produced high quality jute seed as well as imported jute seed to farmers this
season.

“In addition to this, the government has taken ample steps and field level
agriculture officials are assisting farmers to expand jute cultivation to
revive past glory of the fibre,” he said.

Necessary training and inputs have been provided to farmers for separating
and rotting of jute fibre adopting latest technologies to ensure better
quality jute fibre and get higher price, Ali added.

Talking to BSS, farmers Mahmudul Islam, Ekramul Haque, Zabed Ali and
Hafizur Rahman Bakul of village Najirdigar in Rangpur Sadar said tender jute
plants are growing excellently on their crop lands predicting bumper
production.

Similarly, farmers Amenur Rahman, Jashim Uddin and Abdul Karim of
different villages in Badarganj and Taraganj upazilas are expecting plentiful
output of their cultivated jute this season.

Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh
Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid stressed ensuring adequate supply of quality
jute seed to increase production of the eco-friendly fibre and its export.

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